Life at the end of the road

December 27, 2014

Homeless at last :-)

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 2:22 pm

Gosh it feels strange knocking on the door of ‘number 3’ but that’s what I’ve been doing recently now we’re in the Schoolhouse.


It’s a beautiful place right enough and so peaceful, the lack of TV and 3gB monthly broadband allowance meaning we are in a ‘soap free’ and ‘YouTubeless’ environment. The perfect place to contemplate life, admire the view and tap out loads of drivel on here. Trouble is, we moved in whilst I was working, and much as it’s an inspirational setting, it’s far from ideal on the commuting front Sad smile Mind you the ‘wee dug’ loves it as she gets a good walk in and out every day with the post lady.

I have tried blogging and have even started a couple of posts but the days are just too long and by the time I’ve got ‘home’ I’m pure whacked.  Sunday would have been the right time to catch up but that evening was reserved for a spell at ‘number 3’ with the new neighbours and that turned into a bit of an epic Smile

So where was I ?



Well, that was Monday evening prior to the 15:30 sailing from Raasay with the sun setting somewhere west of Loch Sligachan.

Tuesday was a fine and bonny day with me ‘dog sitting’ or at least taking Molly for a walk at lunchtime. Jessie Nicolson, the regular ‘dog sitter’ being away for a few days.


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We went for a wander over the ‘Arduish’, which is the promontory opposite our berth at the Raasay pier.



There’s a good solid and dry path over there with stone steps and some nice stone banking. I guess at one time it would have been a popular place to fish from the rocks, the deep water and strong tide attracting cod and pollock I’m sure.

I’ll try again

Well, that didn’t amount to much did it??

It’s now Thursday night in ‘number 3’ and I’ll try again Smile


Ben Tianavaig from the Arduish as me and the wee dog continued on our lunchtime perambulation.


Looking north towards Oskaig  before Molly and I headed for the woods and the old rifle target.

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Built during or just before the second world war this old target for the home guard or TA is gradually being swallowed up by nature.



It still bears many  .303 craters on its thick steel face, nowadays if you wanted to build something like this the council would make you take it away afterwards, ‘the world has gone mad’. I kid you not, I received planning permission last week for the wind turbines up at the new house but it’s only valid valid for thirty years and conditional on me submitting a ‘decommissioning plan’ Smile as if I’ll be caring when I’m 87 Smile 

OK, here goes, lower turbine from my wheelchair, phone up scrappie tell him to come and get it then get the grandchildren to cover the base with turf. Why do we put up with this carp?




SATURDAY 27th December

Well, as you’ve probably gathered it’s taken me over a month to do this so far and my camera tells me that the last set of pictures were all taken on the 26th and 27th of November. Probably better if I just post these now then as I’m at work and it may take me a while to sort through the rest. It’s a Saturday, there’s no late sailing tonight so I’ll probably get a chance to do some scribbling later, it’s been a helluva day so far with one aborted attempt to get to work in the Nissan prior to arriving half an hour later in the ‘Old Girl’. Now you’re probably thinking that after all this bad weather I should have taken the Landy anyway but there wasn’t even a frost at Arnish today and no sign of snow until I got to Glam.



  1. So that’s you out at last Paul!! So grant an I nicked 1/2 a hour but the tea was good!! all the best in the build and move, see you next year!!

    Comment by v8mbo — December 27, 2014 @ 2:27 pm

    • Cheers Robin and Grant, twas good to see you.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 27, 2014 @ 9:45 pm

  2. Welcome back…..I missed you So much. I hope the new build is progressing and that you will soon be well settled.
    Very best wishes to you all and thank you for sharing your interesting life on Rassay.
    All the best to you all for 2015.

    Comment by Anne Lane — December 27, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

    • Thanks Anne and welcome.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 27, 2014 @ 9:44 pm

  3. Well it’s good to hear from you. again we thought you had emigrated. Hope you and your family had a lovely Christmas and a very happy New year to you all

    Comment by Stan — December 27, 2014 @ 4:01 pm

    • Emigrated!!! no one would have me 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 27, 2014 @ 9:44 pm

  4. A late happy Christmas to you and yours, Paul. Glad you have survived the move. I wondered if you’d take the quad for the half mile stretch between Arnish and Torrin since even your LR wouldn’t make that path.
    Lovely pics – so good to see that everything is still there.


    Comment by Sue — December 27, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

    • Thanks Sue, sorry I’ve not been around for a while.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 27, 2014 @ 9:43 pm

  5. Happy Christmas Paul and a happy new year as well. Thought you must have been living the life of luxury in that new pad of yours, but as you say commuting to work from the edge of nowhere must be eating into you day.

    All the best, and thanks for the blog.

    Cheers A

    Comment by artimaginguk — December 27, 2014 @ 4:28 pm

    • Cheers Alistair, much appreciated.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 27, 2014 @ 9:42 pm

  6. Glad you are settled in your tempoary home. Hope you and family had a great Christmas and that you have a happy and healthy new year.

    Comment by mimi — December 27, 2014 @ 7:40 pm

    • Thanks Mimi.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 27, 2014 @ 9:42 pm

  7. Delighted to see you back mate, and a very happy new start in 2015 to you all in the new hoose. Hope there isn’t an issue with the folk in Number 3.

    Comment by Lloyd — December 27, 2014 @ 8:06 pm

    • The only ‘issue’ with my new neighbours will be ‘who’s house is the party in tonight’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 27, 2014 @ 9:41 pm

  8. All the best for 2015, hope that the build and move goes smoothly!

    Comment by Andrew — December 27, 2014 @ 8:51 pm

    • Same to you in Finisterre A.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 27, 2014 @ 9:39 pm

  9. hi

    loved the new blog…did you get the new bugs for the boat 🙂


    Comment by Duncan Boyle — December 27, 2014 @ 10:03 pm

    • The ‘bugs’ have ‘pride of place’ along with the mouse mat Duncan, well apart from the ones I kept for the BIG SHED

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 27, 2014 @ 10:10 pm

  10. ha ha ..meant mugs ha ha

    Comment by Duncan Boyle — December 27, 2014 @ 10:03 pm

  11. Great to hear from you again Paul keep up the good work love your work shop !!!!!

    Comment by mike smith — December 28, 2014 @ 9:06 pm

    • Cheers Mike, I’ll try and be more prolific in 2015.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 31, 2014 @ 11:26 pm

  12. Hi Paul, sorry for my lack of contact, been a bit out of things since November due to being extremely ill. Slowly getting back to my old normal decrepit od self again now after much rest and great care from the missus.
    Slowly trying to read back through your blog on the ones I have missed, Glad to see you have finally moved out of No 3 and i wish the new owners as much happiness and enjoyment there as you and the family always have.
    I notice you are staying in the Schoolhouse for now and hope that it is going ok, any idea when you will be in the new house, and how is it coming along, no doubt as I read back more I will find out.
    Joan and I wish you and the family a wonderful Christmas, belated a bit. 😉
    All the very best for 2015

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — December 28, 2014 @ 9:12 pm

    • Hi Graham, wondered where you’d been, hope you’re feeling much better for 2015 and the Thomson season.

      All the best, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 31, 2014 @ 11:25 pm

      • Slowly getting there Paul, Been under instruction to take things easy which my missus has enforced without faltering, as they do.

        Comment by Thomson Caravans — January 1, 2015 @ 12:43 pm

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